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Towers of Babble: 911 Conspiracists Are Organized
Utne Reader ^ | 21 February 2008 | Paul Constant

Posted on 02/21/2008 5:14:10 PM PST by shrinkermd

Three months ago, at a birthday party, I met a dour young man wearing a “9/11 was an inside job” T-shirt. I’d already been noticing a lot of “inside job” stickers and graffiti around town, and now, faced with a real-life Truther, I found that I couldn’t stop staring at him: He was at a celebration of a friend’s life and he was wearing a shirt announcing that nearly 3,000 American citizens were killed by our own government. It’s easy to dismiss a guy like this as a lone wolf, but he’s actually not alone: A 2006 Scripps Survey Research Center poll found that 36 percent of all Americans believe that the government is responsible for 9/11—either by direct action or by willfully ignoring clear evidence that it was going to happen.

There is no end to the variety of Truthers’ claims, but most of them believe that the United States government perpetrated 9/11 in an elaborate conspiracy to bring about the decomposition of civil liberties and the fortification of the American empire in the Middle East. They think this because, since 9/11, we’ve witnessed the decomposition of civil liberties and the fortification of the American empire in the Middle East.

Most Truthers claim that their starting point in the movement was watching the third World Trade Center tower fall. At 5:20 p.m. on September 11, 2001, WTC 7, a 47-story steel-framed skyscraper located 300 feet north of Tower 1, collapsed. This collapse, as seen in news footage, looks a lot like an implosion, as if it had happened through controlled demolition. This is the drum that most Truthers bang on when they’re trying to get people to pay attention, and it’s a pretty sexy bullet point: No planes struck WTC 7, so why would it collapse?

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911; 911conspiracy; conspiracies; libmyths; myths; wot
Many anecdotes. Long discussion of the variety of 911 conspiracy theorists.
1 posted on 02/21/2008 5:14:11 PM PST by shrinkermd
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To: shrinkermd
"we’ve witnessed the decomposition of civil liberties and the fortification of the American empire in the Middle East."

How dare someone afflicted with progressive liberalitis deride a 9/11 truther!

2 posted on 02/21/2008 5:18:44 PM PST by Jagman
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To: shrinkermd
36 percent of all Americans believe that the government is responsible for 9/11

36% of all Americans are moon bats.

3 posted on 02/21/2008 5:18:56 PM PST by Graybeard58 ( Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: shrinkermd

The writer gives these wackos way too much credit. I know several, and they are all insufferable lunatics.


4 posted on 02/21/2008 5:21:36 PM PST by squidly
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To: shrinkermd

And you wasted the bandwidth for this garbage?


5 posted on 02/21/2008 5:21:52 PM PST by bicyclerepair (It took a Carter to get a Reagan.)
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To: shrinkermd
36 percent of all Americans believe that the government is responsible for 9/11.

It's not a coincidence that 36 percent also say that they've been abducted by UFOs.

6 posted on 02/21/2008 5:26:22 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Join in the spirit of "hope!" Change is good! Embrace climate change!)
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To: shrinkermd
The author of this article is soooo sympathetic to the Truther movement, he can hardly bring himself to say that it's completely intellectually bankrupt, mentally handicapped and completely dominated by those more willing to believe in alien abduction than in white bread.

He, too, is a Bush hater so he has to conclude that there is something good coming from it: that they're organized? Puhleeze!

So were the BrownShirts during Kristalnacht, the murderous gangs killing Tutus and the anarchists who trashed Seattle during WTO...

Imagine saying "well, Hitler wasn't all bad: he knew how to organize people"...
7 posted on 02/21/2008 5:31:31 PM PST by Acrobat (One vote per voter)
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To: Graybeard58

X
(making the sound of incorrect-answer from Family Fued)
36% of newspaper subscribers who bothered to answer this survey - not 36% of Americans


8 posted on 02/21/2008 5:34:08 PM PST by davidlachnicht ("IF WE'RE ALL TO BE TARGETS, THEN WE ALL MUST BE SOLDIERS.")
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Becoming Gov’t policy.
http://www.abc15.com/content/news/webxtra/story.aspx?content_id=da856bf0-e039-4a0b-8d5c-66bc5ff51e75


9 posted on 02/21/2008 5:34:42 PM PST by BGHater ($2300 is the limit of your Free Speech.)
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To: shrinkermd

It’s an anti Bush thing. No matter what happens when Obama is president, he won’t get blamed for it. Remember the liberals who protested over Desert Storm? Nary a peep was heard from them when Clinton bombed the Serbs.


10 posted on 02/21/2008 5:37:56 PM PST by pallis
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To: BGHater

ROTFL!!!! Thanks! I’m an Arizonan. We see those UFOs ALL THE TIME!!! LOL!!! I’m one of the ones that has not been abducted YET. Oh well, maybe I will be if Obama The Nose Blower gets elected.


11 posted on 02/21/2008 5:42:36 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Join in the spirit of "hope!" Change is good! Embrace climate change!)
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To: davidlachnicht

47% of American voters, voted for a lying traitor in the last Presidential election. I can readily believe that 36% are moon bats


12 posted on 02/21/2008 5:43:28 PM PST by Graybeard58 ( Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: shrinkermd
Image hosted by Photobucket.com you know they are wacked when even SlickWillie calls them out on their cBS!!!
13 posted on 02/21/2008 5:53:38 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: shrinkermd
Utney collects and publishes various (or vacuous) leftist indymedia drivel on a monthly basis.

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14 posted on 02/21/2008 6:24:33 PM PST by perfect stranger
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To: shrinkermd

And 99% of Americans have no idea who Jaime Gorelick was.


15 posted on 02/21/2008 6:27:40 PM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: shrinkermd

For anyone who wants a synopsis of the article:

“The 911 Truthers’ conspiracies might not be true in the strict sense of the word, but they do after all hate Bush and so can’t be all bad.”

That pretty much sums it up.


16 posted on 02/21/2008 6:41:24 PM PST by eclecticEel (oh well, Hunter 2012 anyone?)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

So:

36% of all Americans believe the government is responsible for 9/11.

36% also say that they’ve been abducted by UFO’s.

Didn’t bill clinton win with 36% of the vote?

It all makes sense now..


17 posted on 02/21/2008 7:19:33 PM PST by kburi
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To: Chode
Besides, we know who's reeeeeeally behind it all!

BWAHAHAHAHA!

18 posted on 02/21/2008 7:26:21 PM PST by uglybiker (I do not suffer from mental illness. I quite enjoy it, actually.)
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To: uglybiker
Image hosted by Photobucket.com yup, Don was prolly the instigator... 8^)
19 posted on 02/21/2008 7:34:35 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: shrinkermd

bookmark

see also:

http://www.neoperspectives.com/conspiracy_theorists.htm


20 posted on 02/21/2008 7:50:17 PM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: squidly
The writer gives these wackos way too much credit. I know several, and they are all insufferable lunatics.

That's because this is in the Utne reader.

21 posted on 02/21/2008 11:24:14 PM PST by Schnucki
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